How does acetic acid behave as an acid in water?

1 Answer
Jan 2, 2017

Answer:

In aqueous solution, acetic acid is #"monoprotic............"#

Explanation:

And thus we can represent its ionization as........

#H_3C-CO_2H(aq) + H_2O(l) rarr H_3C-CO_2^(-) + H_3O^+#

Of course, the equilibrium lies strongly to the left. From memory, #K_a=10^(-4.76)#.